The World Boxing Council released the following statement on May 7, 2019:
"The WBC board of governors has finalized the process and has determined the final ruling regarding the lightweight division status.
The WBC has accepted Vasiliy Lomachenko petition to fight for the WBC lightweight title. A fight between mandatory challenger, Luke Campbell, from UK and multiple weight division champion, Vasiliy Lomachenko, from Ukraine, with the vacant WBC lightweight championship on the line, is officially ordered.
Mikey Garcia, as WBC Emeritus champion, reserves his right to fight for the lightweight title.
A tournament will be ordered to determine the mandatory challenger of the division with the following fights.
Silver champion, from Russia, Zaur Abdullaev must fight Devin Haney, from USA and Teofimo Lopez, from Honduras, must face Javier Fortuna, from Dominican Republic.
The winners of these matches will fight each other to determine the mandatory contender of the division.
The WBC is extremely happy with this resolution which will bring very important activity to the division including seven amazing fighters from different countries, making this process a true world competition."
Luke Campbell (20-2) was last seen in the ring in March when he stopped Adrian Yung (26-5-2) in five rounds in Philadelphia. He has fought for a world title before when he lost via split decision to WBA lightweight Jorge Linares (42-3) in September 2017 in LA.
He has since reeled off three victories since that defeat - two fifth-round TKO's, as well as a revenge win over Yven Mendy, the only other person than Linares to inflict a loss on the Yokshireman's record.
Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1) has only just defeated a fellow Briton when he destroyed Anthony Crolla (34-6-3) in four one-sided rounds in April in LA. Lomachenko completely outclassed the Mancunian in less than 10 minutes.
'Hi-Tech' is the current holder of the WBA 'Super' and WBO world lightweight titles but is hellbent on adding the WBC green belt to that collection.